7th Pay Commission impact: Disability pension of Indian Army slashed while nation was celebrating surgical strike

Written by | October 10, 2016 | 0

New Delhi: During the wee hours of September 30 when Indian Army slipped silently across the Line of Control (LoC) and conducted surgical strike destroying seven terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government was giving final touches to the plan to slash disability pensions for injuries incurred in the line of duty, under 7th Pay Commission recommendations. On September 30.

The Modi government accepted one of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission and slashed disability pension for Army personnel from Rs 45,200 to just Rs 27,200 — down by Rs 18,000 a month. The majors with 10 years of service, who heads ‘surgical strikes’ were worst affected with the decision as their as their pension for 100 per cent disability slashed by over Rs 70,000 a month.

When the entire country was celebrating the bravery of Indian Army which conducted surgical strike in PoK, the Ministry of Defence issued a letter cutting pension for 100 per cent disability. As per the new orders, if a young soldier suffer severe injuries — what cold medical jargon terms “100 per cent disability” — he would just get Rs 27,200 as pension.

The soldiers used to get Rs 45,200 as pension earlier. Similarly, 100 per cent disability pension of Naib subedars were slashed by Rs 40,000 a month.

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